I hear that Brent's Local Welfare Assistance is under threat as a result of further central government cuts. Of course, local welfare assistance has been in danger for a long time, but this looks as if it could be the end. The rumour is that funding will cease entirely from April, and Brent will only continue with the scheme until the funding from this year's budget runs out. If so, that could impose serious hardship on many of the most vulnerable people in our community.
There now appears to be an indication that Councils in England & Wales will be granted £74 million for this purpose, which would still represent a halving of the previous (already reduced) funding.